Eloping to the Italian Dolomites Guide
ELOPING TO THE ITALIAN DOLOMITE GUIDE
Eloping to the Italian Dolomites is a beautiful option if you’re wanting a dramatic and stunning backdrop. In 2009 the mountain region was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. I’ve put together a little guide to help you with your elopement planning.
Why elope to the Dolomites?
Elopements aren’t about secrecy, they don’t have to just be the two of you. It’s about having your wedding day tailored to you. Elopements bring the focus of a wedding day back to you two without your day being a performance or a production of a traditional wedding. You can create the best day for the two of you from start to finish with or without guests.
Not only are the Dolomites stunningly beautiful, if you are also an outdoorsy and adventurous couple, then the Dolomites could tick all the boxes to have a long honeymoon with your elopement. With the most stunning mountains and lakes there are plenty of spots to have beautiful photos as well as taking in all the breathtaking scenery on your elopement day.
THE BEST ELOPEMENT LOCATIONS
Lago di Braies
Lago di Braies is a stunning emerald lake with a dramatic mountain backdrop. During the summer season you can rent a boat for a sunrise session to beat the crowds. During the winter the boast are closed and the lake freezes over becoming a beautiful winter wonderland. This is one of my favourite spots in the Dolomites.
Val di Funes
Val di Funes is a great place if you’re wanting to find accommodation close by to where you would like to elope. There are a lovely set of valleys and quaint little villages.
Tre Cime, also known as the ‘three peaks’ to reach the top car parks there is a 30€ entry. This is a dramatic and stunning option and you don’t have to hike too far from the car park.
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BEST TIME OF YEAR TO TRAVEL
The summer months are usually the best time to access all the locations. The days are longer but can get extremely busy. To avoid the summer crowds you could have a sunrise early morning ceremony or late afternoon/ sunset. From September – October it gets less busy and could be a good option for the best light and autumn colour.
The winter brings its own unique beauty to the Dolomites, with snow and frozen lakes. The down side is, a lot of the roads may be closed and locations not easily reached as the summer months. The snow lasts until April.
Italy makes it relatively straightforward for couples who are overseas to get married, I managed to plan my whole elopement and give notice in 5 weeks. Although, I highly recommend more time planning. You will of course need to be over 18, you can find a link to all the info here. There is also an option to work with a wedding planner who could help guide you through this and a celebrant I can recommend.
The main international airport is Venice which is about 2.5 -3 hours away from the Dolomites. It’s a good chance to fly in early and enjoy the wonderful city.
If you’re thinking about eloping to the Dolomites and would like to get in touch about your elopement photography, I would love to hear from you.